Happy New Year! For the first review of 2016, I’ve decided to go out of state and talk about a delicious serving of Cider Spiced Ribs from the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro Vermont. But first, a little bit about the location.
Whetstone Station is an absolutely wonderful establishment in Brattleboro that sits on the water and has a warm and friendly vibe; and along with having great entrees and deserts, their appetizers are some of the best around.
While I unfortunately don’t have any pictures, I can easily recommend their Grilled Sirloin Tips, Pub Pretzel (served with outstanding beer cheese sauce), and their Spinach and Artichoke Dip (served with pita chips). If you get to order any of these, I also suggest trying their sauce sampler, as it is indescribably good.
They also have a great selection of local and homemade beers to choose from, so if thats your thing, you will be quite happy; but now, on to the main course:
Smothered in sauce, these ribs are near perfection. The BBQ sauce is sweet, with a semi hot (but not overpowering) cider spice. You could really taste the base flavors of the cider in the sauce, which was a great differentiation from so many other BBQ sauces that various restaurants use.
It was also garnished and plated quite well, but as good as the sauce is, the meat is a game changer as it literally falls right off the bone:
These are the kinds of ribs that you need a fork to eat with, because there is no way you are picking them up without the meat falling back to your plate. Tender and juicy, the meat mixes in with, and soaks up the sauce so that every bite is imbued with massive flavor.
I highly recommend seeking out this restaurant and dish the next time you are in Vermont or are within driving distance of it; as both are too good to not try at least once in your life. As for me, I hope to make it back to Whetstone sometime this year, and see what else the have waiting for me to try.
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